African aviation authorities have admitted to a serious shortage of qualified personnel amid projections that the world would need over a million pilots and maintenance staff in the next 20 years. Also, a study by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), East & Southern African Office (ESAF), has revealed that Africa needs to train about 1 500 aviation operators, 600 aircraft maintenance personnel and 4 000 airport operators urgently. The report said that 67% of aviation training centres in Africa had less than 10 instructors, while only four institutions had a staff compliment of over 40 instructors. The data was

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